Foxfire Christmas, A
This captivating book of collections celebrates the holiday traditions of Appalachian families as passed from one generation to the next. Based on Foxfire students’ interviews with neighbors and family members, the memories shared here are from a simpler time, when gifts were fewer but perhaps more precious, and holiday tables were laden with traditional favorites. More than just reminiscences however, A Foxfire Christmas includes instructions for recreating many of the ornaments, toys, and recipes that make up so many family traditions, from Chicken and Dumplings to Black Walnut Cake, and from candy pulls to corn husk dolls and hand-whittled toy cars.
The students who created this book attended Rabun County High School, where the innovative Foxfire program originated, in the mountains of northeast Georgia. They conducted the interviews, shot and developed most of the photographs, and edited the final manuscript.
In 1966, in the Appalachian Mountains’ of Northeast Georgia, a group of teachers and their students founded a quarterly magazine that they named Foxfire, after a phosphorescent lichen, in 1972, several articles from the magazine were published in book form and the acclaimed Foxfire series was born. Almost thirty years later, the books continue to teach a philosophy of simplicity in living that is truly enduring in its appear. Much more than “how to” books, the Foxfire series is a publishing phenomenon and a way of life, teaching creative self-sufficiency, the art of natural remedies, home crafts, and other country folkways, fascinating to everyone interested in rediscovering the virtues of simple life.